Tim Jenison is considered the visionary force behind the desktop video revolution. Jenison founded his technology company, NewTek, in 1985, and led the way in the development of a series of highly successful products, including DigiView (one of the first video digitizers for a computer), DigiPaint, and the Video Toaster®.
Jenison learned about technology and electrical equipment from his father, who ran an electrical engineering firm. At an early age, he learned to play the piano, and his keyboard talents propelled him to leave college and join a rock band -- where, of course, he continually worked on ways to improve the sound equipment.
Jenison was one of the early enthusiasts for personal computers. By the late 1970s, he saw the computer as the integrating medium for his various passions: electronics, music, film and video. He decided that forming a company was the best way to fuel his endeavors to create sophisticated, yet affordable video software tools that everyone could use and enjoy.
Jenison recently attempted to solve one of the greatest mysteries in all art: How did 17th century Dutch Master Johannes Vermeer ("Girl with a Pearl Earring") manage to paint so photorealistically 150 years before the invention of photography? To test his theory, Jenison, who is not a painter, built a to-scale recreation of Vermeer's studio in his warehouse in San Antonio, Texas, then used 17th century technology -- lenses and mirrors -- to paint Vermeer's "The Music Lesson." Jenison's historic research project is the subject of the acclaimed documentary, "Tim's Vermeer."